Summer 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HIST 4358 Section 05A
TR Time 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Samurai in literature & film

Description of Course:

The Samurai of Japan in Film and Literature.

This class will explore the historical role of the samurai class in Japan as well as its portrayal in literature and film. Students will study the legendary swordsman Musashi and read his famous Book of the Five Rings. We will also study the story of the 47 ronin, Japan's national legend and compare and contrast the version of events in the historical documents with the rendering of the story in film and literature. Students will have the opportunity to view and critique some of the most well acclaimed films of the Japanese cinema in the twentieth century, including Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Yamada's Twilight Samurai, winner of 12 Japanese academy awards.

Required Texts:

Hiraoki Sato - Legends of the Samurai
Eji Yoshikawa Musashi
John Allyn, The Story of the 47 Ronin
Other TBD on Course Reserve

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly reading quizzes
Semester project
Final Essay

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